SoloPower's boss: Portland headquarters is within reach
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
It's not clear whether more SoloPower workers will move to Portland or even if the existing team will, despite a layoff notice earlier this spring, be retained.
SoloPower’s top executive said Tuesday that while the company plans to move its headquarters into Portland, its prospects could depend on whether the company can attract investments from backers in, among other spots, Korea.
Rob Campbell also echoed sentiments he offered earlier this year that the company hopes to remain viable.
“Overall it makes sense to be close to the manufacturing (facility in Portland) for our type of business,” Campbell said. “We are also continuing to find ways to consolidate costs.”
SoloPower hopes to make the headquarters transition, from San Jose, Calif., by the end of the year. Campbell said he couldn’t estimate whether that meant jobs would move to Portland from California
“Things are a work in progress,’ as you can imagine,” Campbell said.
SoloPower is a thin-solar film maker that collected several million dollars in state and local funds to build a North Portland manufacturing plant. The company notified the state in April it would lay off 29 workers and suspend operations in Portland on June 17.
Campbell said this week the company is seeking new investors and has interest from potential funders in Korea.
“These developments also take time and we are doing our best to retain our most valuable asset, our people, throughout this process,” Campbell said. “We are advancing our technology and remain strongly committed to its success.”
The Oregonian newspaper first reported that SoloPower would move its headquarters to Portland.
The company had said in April it would lay off 61 workers in San Jose.
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